Grant Will Provide Kidney Disease Education For Medical Professionals

Grant will provide kidney disease education for medical professionals 

The Health Foundation for Western & Central New York has awarded a grant of $10,000 to the Kidney Foundation of WNY. The grant will be used to provide professional education to physicians, nurses and other health professionals regarding chronic kidney disease.

“Kidney disease is a significant public health problem in our region,” said Dr. Brian M. Murray, chair of the Kidney Foundation’s advisory committee. “The support of the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York will allow us to provide important information to medical professionals who are in a position to recognize and address patient needs.” 

Chronic kidney disease affects more than 10 percent of Americans, though most are undiagnosed. The disease can lead to kidney failure and premature death.

Early identification and treatment of chronic kidney disease increases the success of prevention strategies. However, national and statewide reports indicate that awareness of chronic kidney disease is low among primary care providers. Knowledge of the best steps and strategies for managing chronic kidney disease is also low.
 
Through the grant, the Kidney Foundation will organize an educational seminar for medical professionals and distribute a guide for primary care physicians regarding kidney care standards and management. The Kidney Foundation will also create a listing of kidney-related programs and resources in the region, for the use of medical professionals, social workers and patients.

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About the Kidney Foundation:
The Kidney Foundation of WNY is dedicated to increasing community awareness of kidney disease and other related diseases while educating and improving the lives of those we serve. 

About the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York:
The Health Foundation is an independent private foundation that sparks lasting change in health and health care across western and central New York, with a special focus on young children, vulnerable older adults and the systems serving them.